Making A Difference
TC Track Club is actively involved in supporting local schools, organizations, and individuals related to running. Through the eight events TC Track Club hosts, (Frozen Foot Race, Race Walking Clinic, Girls on the Run, Bayshore Marathon, Summer Series, Remembrance Run, Lighthouse Half, and Jingle Bell Run) we are able to generously give back to our community. Over three years, TC Track Club came close to tripling their charitable giving. In 2011, we distributed $90,183 in grants, scholarships, and gifts to our five county northern Michigan region (Grand Traverse, Benzie, Leelanau, Antrim, Kalkaska Counties). In 2012, that number grew to $211,642, and in 2013, $257,718. Some of the reciepients include: Traverse City Public Schools Cross Country and Track & Field Programs, TC St. Francis, GT Academy, TART Trails, VASA, and the Women’s Cancer Fund. TC Track Club also established an endowment with the Grand Traverse Community Foundation, which will fund grants and scholarships for many years to come.
Additional community support comes in the form of consulting and providing support for small startup running and walking events through the community.
Many of our running dollars have assisted:
- TART trails development and maintenance of trails, including over $75,000 towards the development of the Leelanau Heritage Trail.
- Remembrance Run remains the largest fund raising event for the local Women’s Cancer Fund
- Providing scholarships for youth runners seeking assistance with college or running camps
- Race equipment support for small area running events
- Track resurfacing, locker room renovations, equipment replacements
Two Grant Cycles: Spring and Fall
Non-profit organizations who are connected to running and walking related activities can apply for a grant from the TC Track Club twice per year. Each cycle generally is open for 6 weeks. The Spring Cycle opens on February 15th and closes March 31st, and the Fall Cycle opens August 15th and closes September 30th.
If you believe you qualify for a grant with the TC Track Club, you can review the criteria by clicking HERE. During the open cycle, you may complete an application at this same website and your application will be considered following the close of the grant cycle.
Scholarships will be offered during the Spring Cycle only. Criteria can be reviewed via the GT Community Foundation website, as well as application completion. If you have been involved in running programs in our five county region and are planning to attend college next Fall, complete an application and maybe you’ll qualify for financial assistance from TC Track Club.